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Bernie Pleskoff’s First Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings (2020)

by Bernie Pleskoff | @BerniePleskoff | Featured Writer
Feb 18, 2020

Matt Olson finds himself inside the top 5 of Bernie Pleskoff’s first base fantasy rankings.

Next up: my fantasy baseball first base rankings. 

This is an interesting group. In this old scout’s opinion, there is a huge drop after the first half. So be wise when targeting this position, it should be a power source.

Remember, fantasy baseball is a combination of skill, research, and luck. A fantasy team owner can’t control injuries. However, a good fantasy team owner will prepare for the injuries by adding depth to the lineup.

I have concentrated on players that will likely play the majority of their time at first base. There are lots of teams that will use multiple players at first base-just as there are plenty of players that will play multiple positions, including first base. Those players are not likely not listed here.

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First Base Rankings

1. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  • Age: 24; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .305 AVG, 121 R, 47 HR, 115 RBI, 15 SB

2. Freddie Freeman (ATL)

  • Age: 30; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .295 AVG, 113 R, 38 HR, 121 RBI, 6 SB

3. Peter Alonso (NYM)

  • Age: 25; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .260 AVG, 103 R, 53 HR, 120 RBI, 1 SB

4. Anthony Rizzo (CHC)

  • Age: 30; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .293 AVG, 89 R, 27 HR, 94 RBI, 5 SB

5. Matt Olson (OAK)

  • Age: 25; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .267 AVG, 73 R, 36 HR, 91 RBI, 2 SB

6. Trey Mancini (BAL)

  • Age: 27; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .291 AVG, 106 R, 35 HR, 97 RBI, 1 SB

7. Max Muncy (LAD)

  • Age 29; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .251 AVG, 101 R, 35 HR, 98 RBI, 4 SB

8. Josh Bell (PIT)

  • Age 27; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .277 AVG, 94 R, 37 HR, 116 RBI, 0 SB

9. Paul Goldschmidt (STL)

  • Age 32; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .260 AVG, 97 R, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 3 SB

10. Jose Abreu (CWS)

  • Age: 33; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .284 AVG, 85 R, 33 HR, 123 RBI, 2 SB

11. Carlos Santana (CLE)

  • Age 33; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .281 AVG, 110 R, 34 HR, 93 RBI, 4 SB

12. Edwin Encarnacion (CWS)

  • Age: 37; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .244 AVG, 81 R, 34 HR, 86 RBI, 0 SB

13. Miguel Sano (MIN)

  • Age: 26; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .247 AVG, 76 R, 34 HR, 79 RBI, 0 SB

14. Rhys Hoskins (PHI)

  • Age: 26; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .226 AVG, 86 R, 29 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB

15. Yuli Gurriel (HOU)

  • Age: 36; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .298 AVG, 85 R, 31 HR, 104 RBI, 5 SB

16. Luke Voit (NYY)

  • Age: 29; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .263 AVG, 72 R, 21 HR, 62 RBI, 0 SB

17. Christian Walker (ARI)

  • Age: 28; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .259 AVG, 86 R, 29 HR, 73 RBI, 8 SB

18. Evan White (SEA)

  • Age: 23; Bats: R
  • no major league experience

19. C.J. Cron (DET)

  • Age: 30; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .253 AVG, 51 R, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 0 SB

20. Eric Hosmer (SD)

  • Age 30; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .265 AVG, 72 R, 22 HR, 99 RBI, 0 SB

21. Joey Votto (CIN)

  • Age: 36; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .261 AVG, 79 R, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 5 SB

22. Eric Thames (WSH)

  • Age: 33; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .247 AVG, 67 R, 25 HR, 61 RBI, 3 SB

23. Daniel Murphy (COL)

  • Age 34; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .279 AVG, 56 R, 13 HR, 78 RBI, 1 SB

24, Albert Pujols (LAA)

  • Age: 40; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .244 AVG, 55 R, 23 HR, 93 RBI, 3 SB

25. Justin Smoak (MIL)

  • Age: 33; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .208 AVG, 54 R, 22 HR, 61 RBI, 0 SB

26. Mitch Moreland (BOS)

  • Age 34; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .252 AVG, 48 R, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 1 SB

27. Michael Chavis (BOS)

  • Age 24; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .254 AVG, 46 R, 18 HR, 58 RBI 2 SB

28. Brandon Belt (SF)

  • Age 31; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .239 AVG, 76 R, 17 HR, 57 RBI, 4 SB

29. Ji-Man Choi (TB)

  • Age 28; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .261 AVG, 54 R, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 2 SB

30. Ronald Guzman (TEX)

  • Age: 25; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .219 AVG, 34 R, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 1 SB

Bunts

1. Greg Bird may be an interesting option at first base for the Rangers. He has power, but is injury prone and strikes out a ton.

2. Boston may use both Moreland and Chavis in a platoon. Both are viable options.

3. With the signing of Josh Donaldson, look for Miguel Sano to play plenty of first base.

4. Trey Mancini may play more in the outfield than at first base. Rio Ruiz may get some time at first for the Orioles. Note that Chris Davis is not listed in my rankings. He’ll play some at first, but he is not a fantasy option.

Rising

Josh Bell, Michael Chavis, C.J. Cron, Trey Mancini

Declining

Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Chris Davis

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